Former mayor of Salisbury 'saddened' by Novichok board game

Board Game

The board game. Image: SWNS

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The former mayor of Salisbury has said she is "saddened" by the news that a board game based on the Novichok poisonings is now on sale.

The game, called 'Our People in Salisbury', is selling for £1 online, and sees players take on the role of assassins travelling from Moscow to Salisbury.

Players compete to evade the police, and are met with characters wearing Hazmat suits at the finish line, according to Reuters reporter Polina Ivanova.

 

 

The box the game comes in features the faces of the suspects - known by their aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - wearing moustaches, hats and comedy-style glasses.

The nerve agent attack which took place in the city last year left former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in a critical condition, with another woman killed after finding the Novichok and mistaking it for perfume.

Appearing on the drive show with Eamonn Holmes, former mayor Jo Broom said she was "completely shocked" by the game, which is being sold by businessman Mikhail Bober.

 

'Shocking'

The suspects behind the poisonings pictured on the box. Image: Ruptly

"It shows a shocking disregard for those that were caught up in the situation last year. Those that were affected by the Novichok itself and all of the people cuaght up in the aftermath of it," Ms Broom said.

"It comes at a time when we're very much focused on moving forward and injecting positivity into the city.

"Unfortunately things like this do not help, and they are a retrograde step in that regard."